Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday October 8, 2007.
Another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series in which I take the easy road to blogging and react to news in short, opinionated, useless snippets. The list is up to Madonna, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Lohan, and now Sarah Silverman.
- Jim Tracy: done. This guy completely FUBARed an entire Dodgers season and ruined one guy’s career all by playing Jason Phillips over Hee Seop Choi in 2005, yet still landed a job in Pittsburgh. Actually, with as bad as the Pirates are, I expected Tracy to leave on his own terms rather than the team figure out how bad he really is. (ESPN)
- Drinking = good for the brain. But not binge drinking. What constitutes binge drinking? If I can pound 7 Long Islands and not feel a thing is that still a problem? No? Sweet, then as the Minx would say, kick down another Appletini. (The Daily Dish)
- Open wide and shoot! These photos are totally sweet. I especially like the Bert one. It totally made me think of Bert is Evil. Would have only been better if Bert had been the dentist. (BoingBoing)
- Ditch the suit, suit. Man, what I wouldn’t do to make this a reality in the U.S. Now, I don’t wear a suit. I have been quoted as saying that I’ll never be forced to wear a tie every day again, however. I happen to think that politicians look like total douches always wearing the dark suit that is apparently the one color that everyone says makes them look powerful yet approachable. Whatever. Also, Emily is a paid blogger. Nice. (Matter)
- Obama says coal sucks. Get Weethump on the phone. They have a presidential candidate on their tip. (Inside Nevada Politics)
- Oil in the Arctic. Fox News says let’s get it on. And they seem to be taking a pragmatic approach, if you ask me. Step away from emotion for a second. Consider that it may be too late to stop global warming, or reverse it, or whatever. If you buy into that, then you should certainly agree that if we are in Iraq for “The Oilâ„¢”, we might as well go get the “The Oilâ„¢” somewhere a bit safer and keep on keeping on, right? Wait, Fox News said it. Break out the pitchforks! (ThinkProgress)
- Che is still dead, still a murderous bastard. The headline pretty much says what needs to be said. Lose the shirt, douchebag. (Fark)
- Context could kill this. That’s pretty tough to defend, though. Actually, I’d think that context might make that worse. Granted, I could do without the interjections of explaining what the journalists are meaning with their words, but what are you going to do? They said point blank that bad news is news and good news they’re skeptical of. Hmm. Did it occur to anybody that the way you measure has a lot to do with both? How can they not trust the good numbers, but easily trust the bad numbers when they’re coming from the same place? They said it themselves: you have to be skeptical of the numbers. Cool, then let’s apply that healthy skepticism evenly, shall we? (Instapundit)
- The Clinton Cackle. Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better name. So my question is how do “progressives” reconcile that their poster boy, Jon Stewart, is essentially responsible for the sexist teardown of the one woman candidate? My guess is that the rules don’t apply to them (or him) in the same way they would apply to me or any other person not currently in lockstep. But you’d never get them to admit it. When they don’t vote for women, it’s because they don’t agree with her policies. When I don’t, it’s because I’m a misogynistic pig. Yeah. (AirCongress)
- Ryan Dempster on what it means to play Major League Baseball. Speaking of misogynistic pigs… The problem is that if the guy didn’t have success in the past, he’d never have even thought about doing this. This is the reason dads go apeshit trying to get their sons into baseball. Except me. I just want him to have a good time. In actuality, Dempster came out looking like a decent guy here. He gave her the ball anyway just to get the crowd off her back. (Deadspin)
- The short answer is, hell no! I still haven’t figured this one out yet. She loves Sarah Silverman, but that last paragraph seems to be the author’s resignation to the belief that Silverman is just mean and nasty. Hardly. I give Silverman a lot of latitude here because I happen to be a big fan. She kills me. And she does it because she is so evil and makes people so very uncomfortable. She’s a genius. Except that she dates Jimmy Kimmel. Enough of that. What’s funny is that the author wants to crack Silverman for bagging on Britney Spears. Sorry, but while that position seems to be so popular right now, the author herself would probably would have done it two hours before Silverman did. The only thing that made what she did bad was that Spears had just completed the now-recognized last straw. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for her myself. I tend to save that for people whose lives I can actually affect. (Alternet)